Discovering Malaysian Music Through the History of Wind Bands in Malaysia

While performing on the saxophone or guest conducting outside of Malaysia, often I received queries about what Malaysian music is, and where to find them. Malaysian music is as varied, complex, rich, and vibrant as the people themselves. It is such a broad and evolving topic, and I dare not claim an expert to it. But here I am to share what contribute to the identity of Malaysian music from the lens of the history of wind bands in Malaysia. Wind band is a flexible term for a musical group that consists mostly of wind instruments, with the addition of percussion, piano, harp and occasionally the low string instruments in…